Psychiatrist and best selling author, Dr. Brian Weiss, did not believe in past lives or reincarnation before he met one patient who caused him to rethink his personal beliefs.
Dr. Weiss, now an expert on past-life regression therapy, will share how his hypnosis work led to the writing of his book Many Lives, Many Masters on a new episode of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday show on June 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. on Own.
The person who changed not only his beliefs but also the course of his life is referred to only as “Catharine.”
In a pre-show interview, Dr. Weiss said he asked Catherine, who was suffering pain for an unknown reason and was under hypnosis, to “go back to the time where your symptoms first began.” What happened next was a complete surprise to him. What follows is part of a transcript included in a May 30 press release:
“I thought she’d go back then to the origin – maybe two, maybe two and a half (years old). But she went back about 4,000 years almost. I didn’t believe in past lives. She didn’t either. And her she was in a different body.”
When Oprah asked, “Do you recall the first things that she said to you?” he replied, “She started describing a drowning in water and it didn’t make sense in that sense because I knew she didn’t drown in water in her current life. Here she was with me in her late 20’s. She was fine, that way. But here she’s drowning in a flood or tidal wave. She’s describing this – she has a different name, different body – and she drowns.”
“She’s telling you this while she’s under hypnosis?” Oprah asked.
“Yes,” he replied. “And I don’t know what this is because I don’t know about past lives. But I’m thinking, metaphor? Dream-like material? Fantasy?”
But he soon learned that it wasn’t any of those things. Since Dr. Weiss is a “Yale-trained, Columbia-trained doctor, psychiatrist” and “agnostic,” Oprah asked him what he thought Catharine’s strange revelations. After the hypnosis session ended, he simply did not know.
“But I could already see it was intense,” he said. “It was cathartic. It was emotional. And I didn’t know why imagination…”
“Because when you’re hypnotized, you remember everything you’re saying,” Oprah interjected.
“Yes,” he said. “It’s not something that you forget. You remember it. And…”
“So she probably couldn’t believe it herself,” Oprah noted.
“For her, it was easier than for me,” Dr. Weiss replied.
“To believe it?” she asked.
“Because it was so – yeah, to believe it. It was so intense for her. She was experiencing it with emotions and visually and… and sounds and other senses… that it became easier over the weeks that followed for her to change her worldview. But for me, I needed more because I was such a skeptic – so left-brained – so academic… and I started already explaining it away. Like, oh, maybe she saw movies or read about this or maybe it’s the collective conscious that the psychoanalyst Carl Jung wrote about or something else going on. But when she came back the next week, her symptoms were disappearing.”
According to the press release, Super Soul Sunday is “designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them.” Each Sunday, Oprah talks with today’s visionaries, spiritual leaders, authors and “top thinkers” exploring such themes as personal fulfillment, spirituality and conscious living.
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Super Soul Sunday
First Time Patient Goes Into Past Life
Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives
See Part 2: Dr. Weiss stunned by Catharine’s revelations